Pizza Ranch has signed an area development agreement with Mike and Angie Christianson to open eight new Pizza Ranch locations in Montana. The Christiansons, who are current Pizza Ranch franchisees in North Dakota, anticipate opening the first Montana restaurant later this year.

The signing reflects the largest agreement in company history. With nearly 160 locations in the Midwest and Great Plains states, the company is expanding its footprint at a new store growth rate of 10 percent annually.

"We are thrilled to bring the Pizza Ranch brand to Montana," said Mike Christianson. "Guests will enjoy our family dining experience, not to mention the limitless, freshly-prepared food offerings."

Christianson most recently worked as a district manager for Radio Shack and often took lunch breaks at the local Pizza Ranch. The couple now own three locations in North Dakota.

"We are very excited to sign this agreement with such valued members of the Pizza Ranch family," said Marilyn Mayberry, director of franchise development for Pizza Ranch. "We know the people of Montana will love Pizza Ranch and Mike & Angie will do an excellent job of growing the brand in Big Sky Country."

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